10 Simple Ways To Detoxify Your Life
What is detox? Detoxification, or detox, is a big buzz word in the alternative health crowd these days. Detoxification is a natural process by which our bodies eliminate harmful chemicals, called toxins. A detox “program” combines supplements, food choices, and practices such as yoga in order to support this natural process.
Why detox? Our bodies collect toxins as we live our daily life. Toxins are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. A healthy human body is well equipped for getting rid of these everyday toxins, but sometimes the amount of toxin overloads the body’s ability to cleanse itself. To prevent this, many people undergo complicated and uncomfortable procedures to “cleanse”.
Many detox programs are available online and from natural health care practitioners. Many of these programs are extreme. To many people within the alternative health community, the word conjures up images of glasses of disgusting green sludge, starvation diets, and daily enemas. While fasting and colonics can be useful methods, these extreme methods of detoxification should only be attempted under the close care of a physician.
The following list contains a few simple things that anyone can do to help their body detox every day.
- Open the windows. Let in some fresh air. While you are opening windows, take a few minutes clean or change the air filters in your heating and cooling systems. Don’t forget to change the air filters in your vacuum cleaners.
- Bring in some green. Houseplants help to clean the air inside your home. Spider plants are especially good at filtering the air. Watch their leaves, though. When they start to get brown, put the spider plants outside for a few days. Once they perk up, you can move them back inside.
- Detox your home first. Get rid of chemical cleansers and pesticides. Vinegar can take the place of most chemical cleaners. Use boric acid and diatomaceous earth to repel household and garden pests.
- Touch the earth. Take off your shoes. Walking barefoot connects us with the earth beneath us and acts as a simple way of grounding. Leaving our shoes at the door keeps us from tracking all sorts of crap into our houses.
- Ditch the deodorant. Certain ingredients in most commercial antiperspirants and deodorants have been tentatively linked to memory loss and other health problems.
- Eat more live foods. Whole raw or lightly steamed fruits and vegetables, yoghurt, nuts and seeds are easier for your body to use than processed foods. Eating these foods leaves your body with more energy to use to get rid of toxins.
- Buy organic… and know where your food comes from. Some “healthy” foods, such as fish and shellfish, can be loaded with heavy metals and other toxins. While we are discussing organic…
- Plant a garden. There is no better way to save money on groceries, get a little extra exercise, and be certain that you are not eating toxic waste. Even in a city apartment, most people can grow a few herbs on a window sill.
- Drink more water. Water is the single most important nutrient for life. We can live for several weeks without eating, but without water, most people will die within three days. Make sure that the water you drink is clean. Unless you are lucky enough to have a well, all sorts of nasty things make it into our water supply, including chlorine and fluoride. Both are toxic.
- Try yoga. The stretching and twisting poses of yoga were developed centuries ago to increase health and vitality. Even if you can’t afford a yoga class, there are plenty of books, videos, and routines available online.
Detoxification is not a magic bullet. It won’t cure cancer, turn you into a spiritual guru, or grant you eternal life. However, it will give you more energy to get through your day. It may boost your body’s natural immunities so that you get sick less often. These simple things will help you live a cleaner, healthier, detoxified life. Pick one and get started today.
About the Author.
Rindy Tietjen has been actively working with plant allies since 1996. As a child, she explored every forest nook and fairy mushroom ring around her family’s Maryland country home. Today, she is the steward of Drachynridge Farm near Columbia, South Carolina. She divides her time between exploring wild places with her son, and caring for four dogs, three horses, a herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats, nine cats, over 30 chickens, five rabbits and two very forgiving tropical fish. At Drachynridge, she pursues a path of self-sufficiency, free thought, mysticism, and natural healing. She is deeply involved in the study and practice of both ancient and modern forms of shamanism. In 2010, she published Kamohoali’I, a novel inspired by Hawaiian myth and magic. She grows and wildcrafts her own herbs, and is well known in her community as the one to ask about herbs and plants
Ask.how article on Detoxification. http://www.ask.com/wiki/Detoxification
Detox on Dr. Oz. http://www.doctoroz.com/article/48-hour-weekend-cleanse
Websites for Further Research.
Gaiam Life articles on Detox. http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-ways-detoxify-your-body
Chemicals in Drinking Water. http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/14913/1/What-Chemicals-Are-in-Tap-Water.html
Toxins in Deodorants. http://www.ecofriendlylink.com/blog/skintoxinsdeodorantsoap/
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